Does stress cause depression?
Yes. It does. But it is not as simple as stress in, depression out.
The skill someone has at regulating their emotions in healthy ways and managing how they perceive their life makes the difference between whether being exposed to stressors leads to depression.
We cannot reduce stress to levels where it will not harm folks who have poor or nonexistent coping skills.
Individuals with healthy coping skills can manage stress in ways that help them avoid depression altogether.
Primary Prevention of depression is best approached by building skilled emotion regulation. We already have research that shows this approach improves outcomes. We should be doing it for every child and as many adults as possible.
Spreading this message and the skills is one of the primary messages of Joy Walk 2019